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HONcode status
Certificate of compliance with the Code of Conduct HONcode

HONcode status The health Website
is in compliance with the HONcode

Title of the site:MayoClinic.com
Web address:http://www.mayoclinic.com/
HONcode PIN number :HONConduct636199
Date of initial review: 01 Mar 1997
Validity of certificate20 Sep 2013 - Sep 2015
Date of last visit25 Feb 2014

This certificate confirms the revision of the site by the HONcode Team at the above date.
It respects and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct (HONcode).

* 1. Authoritative   2. Complementarity   3. Privacy   4. Attribution   5. Justifiability   6. Transparency
    7. Financial disclosure   8. Advertising policy

HONcode status
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The Health on the Net (HON) certificate serves as a guarantee that this website, at the date of its certification, complies with and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct as drawn up by the HON foundation.

The responsible of the certified site commits to keep the site in compliance with the HON code principles for the duration of the certification.

Although measures such as a complaint mechanism, the periodical review and the automatic surveillance mechanisms are put in place to guarantee the compliance of the certified website with the ethical principles of HON as much as possible, incidental inaccuracies cannot be completely excluded. In no event the HON foundation and/or its partner(s) can be held liable for any damages resulting from the use or inability to use HON certified websites nor can the HON foundation and/or its partner(s) be held liable for the content of these certified websites, including, but not limited to the information of third-parties or hyperlinks accessible via HON certified websites.

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You will find below the elements identified by the HONcode team at a precise date to justify the respect of the 8 ethical principles.

The content of this certificate has been collected and written by the Health On the Net Foundation (HON) and should not be used without previous permission granted by HON. A request for permission can be sent to: HON.

1. Information must be authoritative
The senior medical editors are experienced Mayo Clinic clinicians and educators who have broad knowledge of many areas of medicine, occupational health, and disease management and health promotion. They work on a daily basis with Web content producers and editors to ensure that all content is accurate, clear and relevant. Specialty medical editors are leaders in their areas of health care. They work with our editorial staff to bring you timely, relevant and accurate information and tools.
Medical director, content Roger W. Harms, M.D
  (18 Apr 2013) - Link

2. Presentation of the site
Our mission is to empower people to manage their health. We accomplish this by providing useful and up-to-date information and tools that reflect the expertise and standard of excellence of Mayo Clinic.
  (24 Nov 2011) - Link

The services provided on this site are here to educate consumers on health care and medical issues that may affect their daily lives.
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Purpose of the website
This site and its services are for consumer educational use only. Nothing contained in this site is or should be considered, or used as a substitute for, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
  (24 Nov 2011) - Link

3. Confidentiality
Privacy policy
  (18 Apr 2013) - Link

4. Information must be documented: Referenced and dated
Only data for one sample are displayed among those selected.

Earwax. American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. http://www.entnet.org/HealthInformation/earwax.cfm. Accessed April 21, 2011.
Dinces EA. Cerumen. http://www.uptodate.com/home/index.html. Accessed April 21, 2011.
Clinical practice guideline: Cerumen impaction. Alexandria, Va.: Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. American Academy of Otalaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.
  (18 Apr 2013) - Link

All pages are individually dated.
Aug. 18, 2011
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5. Justification of claims
This guide is designed for those who have already been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and are deciding how to treat it. The guide explains your treatment options, including the pros and cons of each.
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6. User support and adequation
A contact form is provided.
Contact us
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Possibility to enlarge and reduce the size of the text.
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7. Disclosure of funding sources
To further our mission of making reliable health information available to the public, we accept advertising and sponsorship under strict guidelines.
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8. Advertising policy
All ads are labelled.
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Further information on Advertising and sponsorship criteria can be found at the website.
We will refuse any advertisement that we believe is incompatible with our mission.
  (18 Apr 2013) - Link

Mayo Clinic maintains a distinct separation between advertising content and editorial content. All advertising content on Mayo Clinic's health information website or in one of our newsletters is clearly labeled as an advertisement. Sponsored areas of the site are labeled as such, and the sponsoring organizations are identified.
  (18 Apr 2013) - Link

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